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It's time for a little nostalgia. Antique handle pumps are making a comeback as beautiful garden decorations. In order for your product to look real and appealing, you should consider a few criteria when buying it. You can read about the characteristics of a high-quality, antique handle pump in this handle pump test.

Handle pumps look antique and nostalgic by nature

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  1. product types
  2. Other purchase criteria
  3. Brands/ where to buy
  4. care instructions
  5. equipment
  6. product types

    To make your purchase decision easier and to give you an overview of the different models of handle pump, you will find all the important information and differences in the following comparison.

    Decorative handle pump

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    129.99 EUR To the product

    A handle pump enriches your garden with visual charm - especially if it comes in an antique design. This feature alone makes the purchase worthwhile. The model does not have to fulfill any practical use. There are dummies for this purpose, which you simply mount as an attachment at the desired location.

    • Beautiful optics
    • Low maintenance
    • No practical use

    Water pumping handle pump

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    TRUTZHOLM handle pump garden pump hand handle pump water pump well pump hand pump nostalgia
    69.99 EUR To the product

    In contrast to the variant presented above, there are also handle pumps that transport water to the surface. Since you are interfering with the groundwater system, you must first obtain a permit from the responsible authority before installing the pump. You can then use the water for garden maintenance, for example.

    • Cheap water for garden maintenance
    • approval required
    • Not frost proof

    Other purchase criteria

    Regardless of the product type, you should pay attention to the following purchase criteria:


    If the handle pump is to be used, the location is crucial

    A high-quality, antique cast-iron handle pump weighs an impressive amount. Before purchasing, assess your ability to install the product. Also check your required water connections beforehand. You can install a handle pump in the following locations:

    • on the fountain
    • at the rain barrel
    • at the garden pond

    manufacturer service

    Antique handle pumps in particular take work if you want to preserve the beautiful look. Time and again it is necessary to replace spare parts or replace seals. Commendable manufacturer service makes maintenance easier. Do you get a guarantee? Does the manufacturer take over the maintenance if necessary? Are all spare parts available? These are important questions that you should ask yourself in advance.

    Brands/ where to buy

    On the one hand, you can buy your antique handle pump in a hardware store. However, high-quality models that meet the purchase criteria mentioned above are usually very expensive here. The Internet offers an alternative. On providers such as eBay or Amazon, you can sometimes also find used handle pumps whose signs of use do not bother you at all due to the antique look. Nevertheless, make sure that the product is robust and that is completely intact apart from small scratches.

    care instructions

    Handle pumps are not frost-proof. This requires dismantling before the onset of the first frosts. Store your product in a sheltered place over the winter.


    Antique handle pumps harmonize wonderfully with old wooden barrels. Simply swap out your rain barrel for a wash tub. Your garden will shine with new charm.

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